Fonds Number: 60
Title: Peterborough County Land Records
Creator: County of Peterborough Land Registry Office
Dates of Material: Predominantly 1866-1955
Physical Description: 80 meters (240 feet)
Scope and Contents:
The Peterborough County Land Records are arranged in two series. The abstract registers are in Series A and are useful for researchers interested in the history of transactions related to a particular property.
The land instruments – land deeds or equivalent, and occasionally mortgages, and wills. Generally mortgages are removed when they cease to be liens on the property, although the evidence is usually accessible in the abstract registers. Wills are usually transferred to the Surrogate Court Records, also available at the Registry Office, but some have been left with these documents.
Open to researchers.
There is an expectation that the records relating to the post-1955 land transactions will be released by the Archives of Ontario.
The land records were made available through the agency of APOLROD working in co-operation with the pertinent provincial departments, of which the Archives of Ontario was the most important.
Biographical Sketch/ Administrative History
The provincial land records are in the custody of the Archives of Ontario, and the Trent Valley Archives agreed to look at those records tied to the county of Peterborough with the same guidelines used in other collections at the archives. Land records which precede Confederation are generally with the Archives of Canada, or with the Library and Archives of Canada depending on whether land grants were done by registry offices or by a provincial agency.
The land records in the province were microfilmed around 1955, and subsequently the province declared that for land transaction purposes the microfilm copies were deemed to be originals. Copies of the microfilm are accessible at the Registry Office, housed in the MNR building at the corner of Water and Charlotte. Copies of the plans are also available there.
Digital index have been prepared for most townships. The abstract registers were indexed for full names for each property. See the in-house computers looking for the pertinent township file.
To find the instruments, researchers must consult the abstract register page looking for the specific names. On each line there is an instrument number in the first column.
* The abstract registers for the following townships and places have been indexed.
Monaghan Township Park Lots
The abstract registers for the following townships have not been completed: Burleigh (North and South); Chandos; Galway; Harvey; Havelock; Methuen; and North Monaghan.
File listing: Series A The abstract registers, 206 heavy volumes, are available for the following:
|74||Dummer / Warsaw *|
|154-157||North Monaghan, Park Lots *|
|158-159||North Monaghan Old Park Lots *|
|176-177||Smith, Red Label *|
|204||Patent Books Dummer, Otonabee|
|205||Patent Books Asphodel, Belmont, Methuen|
|206||Patent Books North Monaghan, Douro|
Series B The land instruments, 1867-1955, are arranged in numerical order by township or municipality.
|343-357||Cavan||C1 to C5,385 1904-1955|
|358||Cavan Millbrook Deeds and Land Transfers||1962-1991|
|359-360||Cavan Land Titles||1978-1983|
|361||Cavan Millbrook Bylaws||1883-1923;|
|361||Land Registration Documents||1911-1955|
|362-370||Millbrook Deeds of Sale||1-2,562|
|371-373||Refiling and Conservation Files|